".Obliterated File" Reveals That Imran Awan Wiped His Phone Just Hours Before His Arrest

Tyler Durden's picture

Conjuring up images of Hillary and her team bashing Blackberry phones with hammers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Mirando revealed in a court hearing Friday that embattled Congressional IT staffer Imran Awan apparently wiped his cell phone clean just hours before being arrested by the FBI at Dulles airport while attempting to flee to Pakistan.  As Forbes points out this morning, this new information came out in a hearing in which Awan's attorney argued that his curfew should be lifted and his ankle bracelet removed.

Imran Awan, the IT professional Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) kept on her congressional payroll long after it became known he was under investigation by the Capitol Police, wiped his phone hours before he was arrested last July.


But we are just starting to learn about this case. This is new revelation that Awan wiped his phone just before he attempted to fly away to Pakistan came out last Friday when Awan appeared in court.


Awan’s attorney, Chris Gowen, argued that Awan should have his curfew lifted and that the tracking device on his ankle should be removed.


This prompted Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Mirando to say that when Imran was arrested at Dulles International Airport a cellphone found on him “had been wiped clean just a few hours before.”

Imran Awan

Awan's attorney, and long-time Clinton employee (see: Arrested DNC Staffer Awan Retains Long-Time Clinton Associate For Legal Help), Chris Gowen tried to argue that Awan's phone was blank because he had just purchased it while seemingly hoping that the FBI had simply overlooked the ".obliterate file" that was created when the phone was intentionally wiped clean. 

Gowen tried to counter this by telling the judge: “Awan had recently bought the phone, so of course it didn’t have any data on it.”


But Mirando countered by saying the FBI found that the phone had been wiped on purpose. A time stamp on the iPhone indicated it had been wiped at 6:30 p.m. that evening (Awan was arrested around 10 p.m.). Awan also had a laptop on him, but one of the few things on the computer was a resume. Mirando used this and other details—such as that the Awan’s quickly sold many of their Virginia properties—to explain that Imran had no intention of returning.


The iPhone Awan was carrying has a feature built in that allows someone to wipe it before they sell it. Investigators were nevertheless able to determine when it was wiped because the phone created a “.obliterated” file with a time stamp.


There are some cases where an iPhone won’t create a .obliterated file that can be easily found, but there are other techniques used by investigators to uncover and see when an iPhone was wiped.


Awan might be a savvy former IT professional, but in this case the FBI was able to see that he purposely deleted data before showing up for his flight to Pakistan. Awan knew his wife had been detained temporarily at the airport and questioned, so he had reason to believe the same would happen to him.

Shockingly, Gowen didn't use his former employer's 'like with a cloth' defense which proved so effective for Hillary...

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SilverRhino's picture

Impale all these fucks on the White House lawn.   


Then I'll start believing again in the swamp draining promise.  

nmewn's picture

"Meh wants meh laptop back or your fired!" - Debbie Wassername-Schultz

AlaricBalth's picture

Imran Awan must have received an heads up warning prior to his arrest.
Who would have had contacts in the Justice Department that may have disclosed the impending arrest? I wonder...

overbet's picture

icloud backs up by default doesnt it?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Ring, ring.....

NSA, how may we help you?

JimmyJones's picture

Might as well be fake news since Shultz and Hillary are still free.
Yeah I am pissed. Also Vegas is a total bs op, official story is BS.

Manthong's picture


It would not surprise me if Awan was working for the deep state.


Dolar in a vortex's picture

"...But we are just starting to learn about this case."


Because you have intentionally avoided learning about it for months. Anyone with half a brain knows about the Awan case.

Chryoprase the Troll's picture

It would not surprise me if Awan was working for the deep state.

Wouldn't it be great if the Deep State really were in charge? I mean they seem to be so much better organised than the actual government, and they sure get so much more done. /sarc



Billy the Poet's picture

If Clinton and her associates don't do prison time don't ever expect me to cooperate with Democrats again.  You ain't seen no "resistance" yet.

Seriously. These people are blatant criminals who are guilty of treason.

TheLastTrump's picture

Yes, and anyone helping them is an accessory after the fact.


We all know the score after what Comey pulled last summer.

chunga's picture

Make him the new AG, Sessions can't even fall off a ladder by himself.

Archibald Buttle's picture

i can free up some time. and i'm all about helping others.

Txpl9421's picture

When you are running from the cops you start not only wiping hard drives, but you take that shit apart and throw the pieces in the ocean.

People are such idiots, thinking the MUST have a phone.

Hulk's picture

In a perfect world, he would have pulled out his revolver and shot her dead on live TV !!!

Whoa Dammit's picture

I thought we spent billions per year on the NSA so this kind of stuff could never actually disappear. So WTF does the NSA really do?

AlaricBalth's picture

You know it's illegal to spy on American citizens, especially on US soil.


Billy the Poet's picture

Awan was born in Pakistan and maintained close contact with Pakistanai nationals. Wouldn't that let FISA approve tapping of his phone and the the phones of all his associates including DWS and the other Democrats he worked for? And couldn't those Democrats be unmasked and their personal information be spread throughout the intelligence community?

Isn't that how we're told it's supposed to work?

FIAT CON's picture

All of this data is saved to use against you whenever TPTB need it to come out.

Cloud9.5's picture

Blackmail and extortion. 

junction's picture

If Awan had used BleachBit to sanitize his iPhone, it would be all good.  BleachBit worked for Hillary.

Skateboarder's picture

Are Emm Are Eff STARRR, dawg!

SoDamnMad's picture

Take off the ankle bracelet and he will be in Pakistan using a fake passport in 12 hours. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

".Obliterated File" Reveals That Imran Awan Wiped His Phone Just Hours Before His Arrest

My response: Unacceptable!!!!! The SHAME!!! No JUSTICE anywhere!!!

nmewn's picture

Well this should perk you up.

Today, Oct 9 1967, Che Guevara was executed ;-)

peddling-fiction's picture

"Today, Oct 9 1967, Che Guevara was executed ;-)"

Yeah. By order of he CIA. Are they the good guys?

nmewn's picture

The world is not as black & white as we might prefer. By all accounts Che executed a man with his pistol by blowing his brains out above his eyeball and then, clinically wrote down (as if he were not the executioner himself) the results of his shot. 

So I would put the same question to you, was Che one of "the good guys"? 

I'm sure you know he was appointed to head Cuba's central bank, good or bad? ;-)

peddling-fiction's picture

I know we live in a false dialectic, and that the world is a stage; and much more I will not discuss in public.

Curiously, Bolivia (where they murdered Che) is a better country these days.

I really don't know Che, but he seemed driven, and he is being honored today here in Bolivia.

Mind you, not everybody is happy about that here either.

Somehow Bolivia is different.

nmewn's picture

He was driven, driven to impose his Marxist vision on another people & culture and I'm not really sure one can say "murder" without balancing the scales with what Che is known to have done in Cuba after the "revolution"...trading in one despotic regime for another doesn't strike me as much of a bargain.

Now I understand culturally that part of South America is more communal than other places in the world but to try and take advantage of that is, well, not painting a complete picture ;-)

Hulk's picture

got to be impressed with the ability to determine the exact center of a hole to the skull created by a close shot !!!

nmewn's picture

Lucky shot I think...but he improved his marksmanship over time. After he got in power with Fidel he had others do it for him.

He could always claim a bullseye after that ;-)


And as an addendum to that, how does anyone really know Hemingway wasn't a spy? 

Rusty Shorts's picture

I think Hemingway left Cuba when Fidel showed up. His house is now a Museum just outside of Havana.

You got to admire Hemingway, back in WW2 he would take his personnel fishing boat and patroll the coast of Cuba looking for German U-Boats, I think the US NAVY even gave him a couple 50 caliber machine guns which he mounted on his boat. 


Hemingways favorite place to fish was Cayo Coco, and chain of Islands in Jardines del Rey, off central Cuba. I have been there, it is beautiful.

nmewn's picture

Oh yeah, it is a beautiful place.

Mrs.N and I are bouncing around the idea of going down there now that its opened back up, of course I've talked so much shit about commies over my life I'd hate to be "discovered" there...lol...Castillo del Moro at the entrance to Santiago de Cuba and of course, the beaches, the ron, cigars, music & food.

Its like that all over I guess Rusty, beautiful places, beautiful people and thin-skinned, egomaniacal control freaks prancing around in their uniforms acting important while sucking off of the production of the people. 

TheLastTrump's picture

Well, OK, but Trump's already draining the swamp....Corker, Flake, Roy Moore (OK he had a little help there), who else? Oh yeah, that fucking Utah asshole that isn't seeking reelection. There's others I've forgotten.

paint it red call it hell's picture

I will willingly supply the pikes, and dig the holes, but only if the corpses are left to rot.....

redmudhooch's picture

Wake me up when Hillary goes to trial.

This Awan story is nothing but a cover for the politicians.


FoggyWorld's picture

Stealing classified data for another country is hardly a simple distraction. Mr. Awan belongs in prison.

TheLastTrump's picture

Awan is the key to Debbie


and Debbie is the key to Hilary



redmudhooch's picture

Awan is a patsy. Your elected officials stole the data, and sold it to foreign govts.

Clinton Foundation would Drain the Swamp, but don't expect Trump to do it.

Kafir Goyim's picture

 Clinton Foundation draining swamp.  Fuck dude.  There almost are not even words to respond to such utter nonsense.

poor fella's picture

shit, I spit wine on that response!

sodbuster's picture

These figures are from an official copy of the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation for the tax year 2014.
The copy of the tax return is from the National Center for Charitable Statistics website! 

You can get the latest tax return on any charitable  organization!

Total revenue (line 12) $177,804,612.00 - FOR 1 YEAR

Total grants to charity (line 13) $5,160,385.00 (that's less than 3%)

 Total expenses of $91,281,145.00
  Expenses include:

Salaries (line 15) $34,838,106.00

Fund raising fees (line 16a) $850,803.00

Other expenses (line 17) $50,431,851.00

Travel $8,000,000.00

Meetings $12,000,000.00

They list 486 employees (line 5)! 
It took 486 people who are paid $34.8 million and $91.3 million in fees and  expenses to give away $5.1 MILLION.

Line 22 shows ending year net assets/fund balances of $332,471,349.00
which is up $85,171,891 from last year's tax return!  And they call this a CHARITY?
Archibald Buttle's picture

it depends on what the definition of "charity" is.

BarkingCat's picture


Stealing classified data for another country is hardly a simple distraction. Mr. Awan belongs in prison.



Don't you mean the morgue?